04-28-2008, 12:11 AM
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Re: African Arowana
Originally Posted by fishluver06
Does any one know anything about this fish also how big it gets
As to size, Heterotis niloticus reaches over 3 feet and is a BIG fish, weighing over 20 pounds easy. As far as food goes, they eat little things, like small crustaceans. Something Daphnia magna in size would be about right. They are a riverine species, so you can bet the water they live in is around neutral and fairly soft. Think Kribs as far as water params.
They're only Arowana in common name, as they are another family entirely.
You would need an aquarium of prodigious dimensions to keep one, and be capable of maintaining top water quality, limiting Nitrogenous waste as much as possible. Keeping a large fish like that alive and healthy for is 10 to 20 year life span is truly a challenge.
I DEEPLY encourage you to do serious in-depth research and be able to shoulder the financial commitment keeping such a fish demands. H. niloticus is not for the casual fish keeper by any means.